Color gradients, expressing several hues in the same color family—in a subtle ombre shift or a more linear fashion—create artistic flair in an interior. The look often goes from light to dark and, depending on the technique, can produce an ethereal impression or a more whimsical feel.
“Color gradients are a great tool for decorative effect, which allow us to play with color palettes in interiors,” says Elnaz Namaki of London-based design firm Elnaz Namaki Studio.
They are a softer, updated version of color blocking and can yield different looks by varying the color tone and the strength of the gradient, says Ohio-based Amanda Both, lead designer at Tempaper, a line of adhesive-backed removable wallpaper. “Gradients used in an interior can be uplifting and add depth at the same time,” she says.
There are two main techniques used with color gradients; the first is a two-tone gradation from light to dark within the same color grouping, and the second is a gradient-mix application with tonally different colors, Namaki says. It “can be in either vertical or horizontal directions or an overall blend.”
Whether the method is used on a wall, accessories, or drapery, it’s one that makes a majestic statement.